August 18, 2014

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Watch Nick Markakis rob Conor Gillaspie with leaping catch


Watch as Orioles right-hander Nick Markakis leaps to rob White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie of a potential go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning tonight:

Markakis went on to hit a two-run homer in his next at-bat and finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored, so he had himself a mighty fine evening. The Orioles won the game 8-2 and now have a 71-52 record on the year, putting them seven games up on the Yankees and 7 1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League East.

VIDEO: Adam LaRoche homers to give Nationals third straight walk-off victory


The Nationals are making a habit out of this whole walk-off thing.

Adam LaRoche connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning this evening to give the Nationals a dramatic 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park. The Nationals have now won seven consecutive games, including three in a row in walk-off fashion. You don’t see that very often.

Watch video of the game-winning homer below:

Tonight’s game was an entertaining back-and-forth affair. Arizona grabbed an early lead before Wilson Ramos put the Nationals in front in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run homer. The Diamondbacks quickly took the lead back with a two-run shot from Didi Gregorius in the top of the eighth, but the Nationals stormed back in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI triple from Anthony Rendon and a sacrifice fly from Jayson Werth. Tyler Clippard, filling in for Rafael Soriano, then blew the save in the top of the ninth before the Nationals won the game in extras.

Believe it or not, this was LaRoche’s first career walk-off homer. After a bit of a power outage, he has gone deep six times in his last 12 games and is now up to 19 homers on the year.

The Nationals now sit at 70-53 on the season, six games up on the Braves in the National League East. They own the best record in the National League.

Felix Hernandez says he’s good to go after hip bruise


Felix Hernandez suffered a hip bruise against the Tigers on Saturday, but the Mariners’ ace told Greg Johns of today that he’s “good” for his next scheduled start Friday against the Red Sox.

Hernandez was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning on Saturday and ended up allowing two runs over five innings before exiting. The outing snapped his major-league record streak of 16 starts of seven or more innings with two runs or fewer allowed. However, his hip isn’t a major concern, so he’ll now look to begin a new streak.

Hernandez leads the American League with a 1.99 ERA and owns a fantastic 197/32 K/BB ratio over 185 1/3 innings.